How to Properly Condition Your Hair
Properly conditioned hair is healthy, strong and shiny. It tangles less, it’s easy to style. Most people use trial-and-error methods when conditioning, resulting in dull hair which is difficult to manage. If going to the salon doesn’t tickle your fancy, here is how you can do it right on your own.
Use The Right Conditioner
Hair types vary in terms of texture, length, dryness and whether it is colored or not. Before you take a conditioner off the shelf at the store, read the ingredients and labels to ensure it is safe and designed for your type of hair.
Colored hair requires conditioners that keep the pigment in while protecting the strands against oxidation. If you have fine and thin hair, volumizing conditioners are your best bet. You can always consult your hair stylist on what best conditioner to use.
Apply Conditioner Starting from The Ends of Your Hair
The ends of your hair are older, drier and most susceptible to splits and damage. When conditioning your hair, start from the ends and work your way down the length to mid-shaft. Your hair shouldn’t be dripping wet as this makes the conditioner slide off, reducing its effectiveness.
Comb your hair using a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the conditioner. This also helps you in detangling. You should never apply conditioner to the roots of your hair to avoid both over-conditioning and build-up.
Give The Conditioner Some Time Before Rinsing It Off
If you are using a rinse-out conditioner, you only need to leave it on for 1-2 minutes before washing it off. For deep conditioning, you should cover your hair with a shower cap and wrap a warm wet towel for maximum absorption. Deep conditioners can sit for more than 20 minutes depending on the product.
Conditioner residue will be deposited on your hair if you leave it on too long. Rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticles and give your hair more shine. Leave-in conditioners don’t need to be rinsed off.
No matter how fine your strands are, never skip the conditioner during wash days. With the right product, those flyaways will comply with whatever style you choose. Conditioners are not magic that transforms your hair with one application. Using them consistently and properly will have your hair responds to the pampering you are giving it.